A clean, laidback beach with amenities for babies and parents, Oceanside Beach and Pier is well-known among military families, thanks to nearby Camp Pendleton. The Strand, a wide concrete walkway just off the sand is perfect for strollers and rental surreys.

Atmosphere: Oceanside Pier is lined with fisherman on benches and surfers in the water below. The pier area gets a lot of traffic on surf event days but is pretty low-key otherwise.

Parking and Entrance: You’ll find metered spots on Pacific Street, and some pay/some free lots surrounding the railroad tracks. To get down to the beach with a stroller, you’ll need to use the steep ramp at the pier or at one of the beach access pay lots.

Nice Walks and Views: The Strand, a wide walkway that runs along the sand, draws both devoted runners and casual walkers. There is also a sidewalk along the top of the bluff with views of the palm trees over the beach.

Activities for Toddlers: Oceanside Beach has a nice playground with ocean view baby swings, tunnels, double slides and fun climbing features. Chill on the sand while your kids get tired on this big safe play area.

Bathrooms: Bathrooms and showers are north and south of the pier.

Perks for Parents: Surfers convene at the pier here year-round. On the south side of the pier, the amphitheater holds events like surf contests and concerts.

Where to Stay with Kids: Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort has a playground and kid activity program. It’s right on the beach, and you can get condo-style rooms with full kitchens.

Baby-friendly Restaurants: There is a kiosk selling coffee, smoothies and snacks on the Strand. Otherwise, go to Coast Hwy. for a wider selection.

What Else to Do: Catch Oceanside’s Sunset Farmer’s Market on Thursday evenings or see cool exhibits at the California Surf Museum.